Turn Hill (NT)

Turn Hill (NT) Turnhill Road, High Ham TA10 9DF (GR ST412 316)

 

                          

Turn Hill - 1.25 acres of grass and woodland, at a height of 100m, with far-reaching views across Sedgemoor to the Quantocks. The land was given to the National Trust by Dr. Hugh Hale Leigh and Beatrice Bellot in memory of their younger son, Bryson (Second Lieutenant North Somerset Yeomanry), who died of disease in the Somme region 27.03.1918.

              

  Lt Bryson Bellot, Stembridge Mill c1917

Extract from a letter written by  Dr. Hugh Hale Leigh Bellot to Rev. R. Beviss Thompson, dated 8th December 1918, and published in the Langport Herald by the request of Rev. Beviss Thompson

Dear Thompson...we chose this means of perpetuating his (Bryson's) memory because he spent so much of his childhood in Ham, and loved the spot (Turn Hill) we have secured. This spot we had always intended to buy and give to the village, in order to save a beautiful scene and secure some place for the people which they could call their own and freely enjoy. In due course an entrance will be made with pillars upon which an inscription will be placed...Hugh Hale Leigh Bellot

Imperial War Museum Turn Hill War Memorial to Lt Bryson Bellot

                                                                                

                      Memorial inscription at the entrance to Turn Hill                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                            

              

                  Sketch of the entrance to Turn Hill by Philip Tilden, friend of the Bellot family c1918/19*

  * SHC Somerset Heritage Service     SHC A\CLV/4/8  Bryson Bellot       SHC A\CLV/3/1 sketch                                                                                                                 

     Stembridge Mill (NT) once owned by the Bellot family